Carole Middleton has always maintained a dignified silence when it comes to her family.
Even before her daughter Kate met and married Prince William the Middleton matriarch, and founder of Party Pieces, has always maintained a level of discretion when it comes to both her personal and professional life.
So, when Carole sat down for her first interview with The Telegraph we were curious to hear, for the first time, of her fears and aspirations for her world-famous family.
A self-made business woman the Duchess of Cambridge’s mother shared that her children have always been involved with the family business, Pippa worked across the blog and Kate even appeared on the cover of a Party Pieces catalogue blowing out candles.
With such a tight-knit family it was only natural that her ‘biggest fear was that I’d lose my family’ sharing that there are sometimes where they ask ‘can you do this, or that? And I can’t quite. But they like that I work’ and understand the commitment.
Thankfully the family have stayed close, with Carole sharing that she’s so lucky to ‘have two lovely son-in-law’s’ adding, what the interviewer notes as, a ‘wishful note’ ‘I hope I’ll have a lovely daughter-in-law.’
Revealing she was involved in planning Kate’s wedding to Prince William she disclosed with The Telegraph that ‘we talked about music…everything, I think the most important thing, as a parent, is to listen to what your daughter wants. You can have all the ideas in the world but it has to be about them.’
Even when pressed about the ‘flawless’ light-blue Catherine Walker coat she wore to the Royal wedding and any anxiety she might have felt ahead of the globally broadcast wedding she simply shares that, ‘like every mother, I wanted to look my best, make my children proud and enjoy the day.’ Concluding that, ‘I honestly don’t think I was more stressed than any other mother-of-the-bride’ might have been.
As a successful business woman in her own right the lessons that Carole’s learnt throughout her career and through her personal and professional relationships. Whist the business remains very central to her life, with over 4,000 Party Pieces orders dispatched each week, Carole seems to have achieved a perfect work life balance which she credits to making ‘sure whatever you do doesn’t compromise your family, because that becomes untenable’ – a mantra we’re keen to follow.
Words Sarah-Rose Harrison